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Easy Low-Calorie Cabbage Soup

This Easy Low-Calorie Cabbage Soup is full of good-for-you veggies and is filling, satisfying, and absolutely delicious…and it’s less than 160 calories per generous serving!

Happy New Year, friends! Let’s make it a good one! As always, my resolutions this year include trying to eat more vegetables and also trying to lose a few pounds. You too? Well, this fantastic soup can help with both!

Cabbage, in my opinion, is such an under-appreciated vegetable. It’s full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. It’s inexpensive, low-calorie, and it’s delicious both raw and cooked (as long as you don’t cook it to death – overcooked cabbage is probably why many people think they don’t like it).

Versions of this cabbage soup have been around for a long time, and there are lots of them. This is my version. You may have heard it called fat-burning cabbage soup or weight-loss cabbage soup.

Since I’m not a dietician or a nutritionist, I’m not making any such claims here about this soup, and I’m not advocating any type of diet plan.

BUT…there’s no denying that this soup is low in calories, so take that for what it’s worth. I think it’s perfect for a light lunch or dinner!

pot of low-calorie cabbage soup with a ladle

Quite honestly, I love this soup simply because it’s both delicious and nutritious, which is not always an easy combo to come by when we’re talking low-cal. Am I right?

You’ve got a ton of healthy veggies – cabbage, carrots, celery, tomatoes, onions, and garlic – all in a rich and tasty broth that’ll make you want to lick the bowl clean!

And despite the fact that there aren’t a lot of calories, this super yummy soup is very hearty, and it really fills you up.

Plus, it’s very easy to make in less than an hour with just a few simple ingredients!

Ingredients you need:

  • Olive oil
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Water
  • Roasted chicken base (such as Better Than Bouillon (#notsponsored))
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Canned petite diced tomatoes
  • Dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper

Here’s a look at how to make Easy Low-Calorie Cabbage Soup:

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two images showing the steps to make easy low-calorie cabbage soup
two images showing the steps to make easy low-calorie cabbage soup
two images showing how to make easy low-calorie cabbage soup

Tips & Tidbits:

  • The flavor of this soup will depend greatly on the type of broth that you use to make it. I use roasted chicken base mixed with water because I think it adds the most flavor. Of course, you could use canned, boxed, or homemade broth or stock, whatever is your personal favorite.
  • Vegetable base, broth or stock could be used in place of chicken to make it vegan.
  • I recommend keeping the vegetables just a little bit crunchy. It gives the soup great texture.
  • Fresh parsley can be used instead of dried (use 2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh). I use dried parsley simply because that is usually what I have on hand.
  • This soup freezes very well. Once it has cooled, put it in freezer-safe containers or freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months.
spoonful of low-calorie cabbage soup being taken out of the bowl

Of course, this soup is not only for helping you keep your resolutions. It makes a simple and delicious lunch or dinner any time of the year and goes great with sandwiches, rolls, garlic bread, biscuits, or a salad.

I hope you try this recipe for Easy Low-Calorie Cabbage Soup and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!

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Easy Low-Calorie Cabbage Soup

This Easy Low-Calorie Cabbage Soup is full of good-for-you vegetables and is filling, satisfying, and absolutely delicious…and it's less than 160 calories per generous serving!
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Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Estimated Calories: 158

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 1 cup sliced celery, ⅛ to ¼ inch thick
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups water
  • 5 teaspoons roasted chicken base, such as Better Than Bouillon
  • 2 cups sliced carrots, ⅛ to ¼ inch thick
  • 4 cups chopped cabbage, about 1-inch pieces
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • ½ tablespoon dried parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • In a large pot (I use a 3½-quart enameled cast iron Dutch oven), heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and celery and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onions start to soften and become translucent.
  • Add the garlic and continue to sauté, stirring constantly, for another minute.
  • Combine the water and roasted chicken base and add it to the pot along with the carrots, cabbage, and diced tomatoes.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes or until the vegetables reach your desired level of doneness (I recommend keeping them crisp-tender rather than overcooking them).
  • Stir in the dried parsley.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed.

Notes

  • Vegetable base, broth or stock could be used in place of chicken to make it vegan.
  • This soup freezes very well. Once it has cooled, put it in freezer-safe containers or freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months.
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SHARYN

Sunday 15th of May 2022

the soup has 158 calories, is that for 1 cup of the soup or??

Michelle

Sunday 15th of May 2022

Hi, Sharyn! Since the recipe makes 4 servings, it would be one-quarter of the finished pot of soup...which I think should be approximately 2 cups per serving. I usually measure out and indicate how much the recipe makes in total and how much each serving is, but for some reason I didn't do that with this recipe. Sorry! I will measure and update that info the next time I make it.

ALBARADO750

Thursday 7th of January 2021

Thank you!!1

Laura

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

I’m so happy to see an easy and clean soup to make and start this new year off correctly!! I’ll be making this tomorrow!

Michelle

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

Thank you, Laura! Please come back and let me know how it turned out!